Many top FTSE 100 companies are currently offering dividends that knock spots off the interest you can get from cash or bonds.
In this festive series of articles, I’m assessing how the companies measure up as income-generators, by looking at dividends past, dividends present and dividends yet to come.
Today, it’s the turn of utilities group SSE (LSE: SSE) (NASDAQOTH: SSEZY.US).
The table below shows SSE’s five-year earnings and dividend record.
2008/92009/102010/112011/122012/13 Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) 108.0p 110.2p 112.3p 112.7p 118.0p Ordinary dividend per share 66.0p 70.0p 75.0p 80.1p 84.2p Dividend growth 9.1% 6.1% 7.1% 6.8% 5.1%…